Some have called him the first
"modern man." He was certainly the quintessential Renaissance
man . . . lawyer, statesman, philosopher, linguist, raconteur,
Chancellor of England . . . and author of one of the great books
of western civilization, Utopia. Despite all that, Sir
Thomas More was beheaded in by King Henry VIII in 1535 for high
Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
shares the last, intensely intimate
hour with More just before his execution. Still wrestling with
the moral dilemmas that led him to the block, More cracks jokes,
makes up songs, takes jabs at his tormentors, and eventually
finds peace in his fate. An extraordinary one man tour de force
featuring Graham Thatcher, Maxims,
Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
sparkles with wit, explores moral questions and provides keen
insight into the universal human condition. The show explores
the issues of ethical and moral decisions in legal practice and
provides an engaging tool to facilitate classroom or conference
What Your Colleagues Are Saying . .
- "We are still basking in the afterglow
of your magnificent performance. Your depiction of Thomas More
was masterful . . . and the play engages a contemporary audience
with timeless struggles."
- Mark Croteau, Director of Programs,
Saint Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN
- "I was truly impressed and moved
by your performance of More. It is evident you did your homework
and provided us with a new and fresh glimpse of the real man."
- Fr. Peter B. Wilke, Pastor, Cathedral
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, SD
- "Your production displays a rare balance
between entertainment and enlightenment . . . presenting issues
in a consummately professional and engaging manner. I hope your
production is seen far and wide."
- Ted L. McBride, Attorney at Law,
Rapid City, SD
- "The writing, acting and set were
all highly professional. Graham has a commanding presence and
is a gifted actor. Your production beautifully explores questions
which are as timely today as they were some 400 years ago."
- John E. Simonett, Associate Justice,
Retired, Supreme Court of Minnesota
- "Your production . . . was exceptional!
Graham's portrayal . . . brought to life the incredible depth
and spirit of of [Sir Thomas More] as he reflected on his life
and his decision . . . "
- Jeffrey B. Hare, President, St.
Thomas More Society of Santa Clara, CA
- "I commend you for the important
work you are doing in developing innovative, effective programs
for teaching Ethics and Professionalism. Timeless issues of what
it means to be a lawyer and to practice as a professional are
raised eloquently and provocatively . . . Thank you fro a job
well done in giving Georgia lawyers and judges a deeply meaningful
and instructive CLE experience."
- Cliff Brashier, Executive Director,
Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency
- "On behalf of the National Diocesan
Attorneys Association, I want to thank you for sharing your incredible
talent with us . . . Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More
was both thought provoking and
- Mark E. Chopko, General Counsel,
United States Catholic Conference
Maxims, Monarchy and Sir
Thomas More has been approved for CLE credit (including
Professionalism and Ethics credit) in several states. Performances
and related study materials are available for law school and
legal conference programs. We are happy to assist in filing a
CLE application for your organization.
- Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help, Rapid City, SD
- Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism,
- Institute of CLE of Georgia
- Hamline University School of Law, St.
- Mercer University School of Law, Macon,
- New College of the University of St.
Thomas, St. Paul, MN
- Notre Dame Law School
- Santa Clara University School of Law,
Santa Clara, CA
- St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis,
- St. Thomas More Newman Center, Vermillion,
- St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara,
- National Diocesan Attorneys Association
of the US Catholic Conference
- Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix,
- Maxims, Monarchy and Sir
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"Thomas More" Icon © Peter B. Wilke